Taiwan reports year's first death from dengue fever

Taipei, Oct. 15 (CNA) Taiwan reported 13 cases of indigenous dengue fever last week, including the first death recorded this year, along with five confirmed new imported cases, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Tuesday. The fatality was a 76-year-old female with hypertension in Pingtung, southern Taiwan, who began developing symptoms of lack of appetite, dry mouth, headache, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, joint and muscle pain Oct. 6. She was confirmed as an indigenous dengue fever case and received medical attention, the CDC said. The patient lost consciousness Oct. 10 after falling to the floor several times and was sent to hospital the following day. Three of the four members of her family living with her were also confirmed with dengue fever. Pingtung County has reported an increasing number of indigenous dengue fever cases and the infections have spread to 18 districts. The CDC urged the public to stay vigilant against a dengue fever outbreak and take preventive measures such as draining water containers, cleaning up vector breeding sites around their residences and preventing mosquito bites. (Lung Rui-yun and Y.L. Kao)